San Jose Japantown’s Sak N’ Sak — Saving the Earth One Bag at a Time

SAN JOSE — Kathy Sakamoto’s trip to the Guggenheim Museum in New York last year was a turning point in her life — it inspired her to start her own business. After viewing a display of tote bags recycled from old city banners at the museum store, Sakamoto teamed with business partner Lydia Uchida-Sakai to […]

Yu-Ai Kai Cancer Forum Aims to Raise Awareness

SAN JOSE — Susan Shinagawa was just 34 years old when she received the devastating news after battling to convince her doctor to give her a biopsy — that she had breast cancer. “The doctor said I was too young and that Asian American women don’t get breast cancer,” said Shinagawa, who spoke as part […]

San Jose Japantown Building Made Historic Landmark

SAN JOSE — The San Jose City Council on Jan. 12 voted unanimously to designate a restaurant building a historic landmark in the city’s Japantown District. The Historic Landmarks Commission recommended the designation of the Ken Ying Low building at 625 N. Sixth St., as Historic Landmark No. 180. The city’s Japantown, located just north […]

Economic Downturn Takes Financial Toll on San Jose’s Japantown

Joe Yasutake has seen first-hand the effects of the state budget crisis, as the Japanese American Museum of San Jose prepares to reopen in a couple of months after several years of delays. Yasutake, a museum board member and the former president, said that turning the dream into a reality has taken so long due […]

San Jose Police Beating Stirs Distrust and Resentment

On Oct. 24, the San Jose Mercury News released the video of a San Jose State math major getting beaten and stunned with a taser by the San Jose Police Department in his home on Sept. 3, 2009. Police were called to the scene after 20-year-old Phuong Ho allegedly wielded a knife during an altercation […]

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